WILKES-BARRE, PA — A proposal to convert the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and School into high-end apartments drew the ire of several North End residents at Wednesday’s Zoning Hearing Board meeting.
Philadelphia developer Hysni Syla, a current Kingston resident, said he “came here to invest” in potential development sites like the shuttered school and church at 601 N. Main St. The former closed in 2011 as shrinking membership and a drop in priests forced the Diocese of Scranton to close the doors of the century-old church.
The proposal would convert the school into 31 units, while renovating the church into an art studio and rectory into four additional apartment units.
Lancaster PA is a fairly progressive community that is embracing a modern technology to make permit parking easier for everyone.
Lancaster has 19 residential parking areas throughout the city. Administration of the program is taking a giant leap forward that will make life better for everyone involved and save money. Instead of issuing yearly parking stickers, the city will start issuing permanent parking stickers that will only need replaced if you sell your vehicle. Most people keep a vehicle for at least four years so think of the savings right there! There were nearly 2,500 stickers being issued every year.
The new stickers will be affixed to the right side of the vehicle’s rear window. They will be round, orange and have a barcode. The barcode will contain all the information parking enforcement needs to know about you and your vehicle. This information will be available using the same technology as having your groceries scanned at the local supermarket. Hand-held units will read the easy to find barcode and make enforcement a snap.
About 90 percent of all permit parking permit renewals have already been paid for 2011. The low $20 fee pays for the administration of the program. The fee has remained at $20 since 2003.